The Taking

The Taking

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this chilling and explosive new series from author Kimberly Derting. The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on-her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend-but Kyra's still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend's kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had ...but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 150 x 215 x 35mm | 450g
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062293605
  • 9780062293602
  • 278,939

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A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas 'n' Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn't aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra's old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn't sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin's annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra's father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned.

Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
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"Kimberly Derting is an amazing writer and a master storyteller. THE TAKING will have you hooked from the very first pages." -- Richelle Mead, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of VAMPIRE ACADEMY "Equal parts romance and suspense, THE TAKING is a sexy blend of conspiracy theory and sci--fi." -- Kami Garcia, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of UNBREAKABLE and co--author of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES "THE TAKING is an action--packed, heart--filled ride. I loved it." -- Melissa Marr, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of WICKED LOVELY "Kimberly Derting does it again! THE TAKING is an exciting, fast--paced thriller with an eerie and intriguing paranormal mystery at the heart of it. You'll want to read it as fast as you can and then DEMAND the next book NOW!" -- Melissa de la Cruz, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of BLUEBLOODS and WITCHES OF EAST END "With pitch--perfect prose, swoon--worthy romance, and edge--of--your--seat suspense, THE TAKING kept me reading late into the night. This is Derting at her best." -- Alyson Noel, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE IMMORTALS "An original and intriguing premise" -- Publishers Weekly "This series opener provides a promising start that intrigues as well as it entertains." -- Kirkus Reviews "Readers will be legitimately unable to put the book down. The mystery, romance and action add up to create a roller coaster of a read." -- Romantic Times Magazine Praise for THE BODY FINDER "You'll be drawn in by the love story--and kept up all night by the suspense." -- Claudia Gray, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Evernight series "First--time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high--school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart--stopping drama. A real page--turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone." -- Booklist Praise for DESIRES OF THE DEAD: "[T]his absorbing suspense tale...stands out in the sea of supernatural fiction...Imaginative, convincing and successful suspense." -- Kirkus Reviews "Interweaving suspense, steamy romance, supernatural elements, and themes of jealousy, anger, and other deadly sins, this fast--paced, compelling read features a multifaceted protagonist and intriguing supporting characters. Wholly absorbing, this will leave readers hoping for future titles about talented Violet." -- Booklist Praise for THE LAST ECHO: "As always, this author writes a gripping tale...this intriguing series continues to provide great entertainment for suspense fans." -- Kirkus Reviews "In spite of providing a tough, likable heroine and a sweet, romantic element, Derting unflinchingly explores the twisted minds of sadistic killers. It's a combination that keeps her readers clamoring for more." -- Booklist Praise for DEAD SILENCE: "Another compelling suspense tale with entirely believable adolescent characters who work together to prevent and solve crimes. BFFs, love interests, interfering parents all converge to make this story a great read." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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About Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of the Body Finder series, the Pledge trilogy, and the Taking series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother's books.
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Rating details

6,244 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,769)
4 35% (2,193)
3 26% (1,605)
2 8% (496)
1 3% (181)

Our customer reviews

I wanted to read Kimberly Derting because I have heard a lot about her previous series but the whole necromancer thing wasn't for me. But when I heard about a memory loss and the mystery of how she lost five years but didn't age, it really intrigued me. I was lucky enough to be approved to review on netgalley. I connected with Kyra right away because she just seemed like a normal person. Given, she is a great pitcher and I am not athletic but its like living that dream without actually doing it. She is arguing with her dad when she sees a bright light and then the next thing she knows she wakes and everyone else has aged five years and moved on, but she doesn't realize what happens. There was a nice hint at romance in the beginning, but they are thrown for a loop when she is five years younger all of the sudden and he is in college... It is an awkward situation with her and Austin especially since they were friends forever and then romantic and living across the street she also knew his family. The romance that developed five years later was a surprise in some aspects because of who it was, but I loved how it developed. Their conversations, his romantic gestures--drawings, texts, convos, etc. The world building was pretty good, and although I was still left with questions, it was something that Kyra didn't know or even her dad who had been doing research the whole time she was gone. I am hoping that the next books will give more enlightenment on what the purpose of the Takings are and the technicallities of who gets returned and who doesn't. I did like the slow unfolding of Kyra and how she'd changed. I appreciated how Tyler believed her and that he cared for her all the same. There were some pretty big twists in this, but looking back it was foreshadowed all along. It was pretty heartbreaking but I guess also necessary, although I'll admit I was thinking that Kyra would play a bigger role, but it makes sense for continuing on that it happened the way it was written. The ending left me wanting more and wishing that I already had the next book. It semi wrapped things up, but it still left at a pretty dramatic moment, though it did give me some hope and a bit of lasting power until I can get the next one. Bottom Line: Great premise, main character with a sweet more
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We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: If you are interested, you can visit our website: The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: Review: "It was like looking at a constellation. A radiant, sparkling, living constellation." Kimberly Derting's stories are simply amazing and with this new book she did it again. She rocked my world and blowed my mind. This is something entirely different from the stories that I'm used to read written by Kimberly. This time, Ms. Derting creates a sixteen year old girl named Kyra Agnew that has what you could call a perfect life, with some problems from time to time, but a dreamed one. She has a handsome and nice boyfriend, she's the star of her team, a family that loves her and a bright future ahead. But in a moment everything's taken from her. And it all started with a white, bright light. After that argument with her father about Austin, her boyfriend, and where to go to college, she wakes up behind a dumpster not remembering how she got there. What blew my mind and Kyra's mind was that five years have passed and she's the same sixteen year old girl, but everything moved one: her family, her friends, her boyfriend, her little brother's boyfriend and life itself. Her mother has a new family, her father has some crazy theories about what happened to her, her boyfriend is no longer her boyfriend and he's almost finishing college, her best friend has what was supposed to be her life and she has this weird attraction for Austin's little brother, Tyler, who's seventeen now and sexy as hell, that with time it grows stronger and stronger. Kimberly Derting has the ability of not only creating amazing stories, but making the reader be part of the story, like he or she's the main character. I was definitely inside Kyra's head, suffering the changes of there "new" life and the consequences of it. It was pretty heart-breaking and you cannot help it, but put yourself in Kyra's situation and imagine what it would be like to be Kyra. Ms. Derting combined both, past and future, really good. It was like the timeline never stopped and you feel the confusion that the main character's feeling when she discovers that nothing is like it used to be and that the boy hugging her is not her boyfriend, but his "little" brother. I honestly couldn't stop reading. Why did it happened to her? Why not her father, too? What's wrong with her? And, what's going yo happen to her? Like I said before, it was heart-breaking reading Kyra's point of view, trying to figure out who she fits in a life that is not longer her life 'cause everyone, except her father, fought she was dead. Her mother is skeptical about her father's theory and a little bit harsh with the whole disappearance topic. On the other side, Kyra's father is complete sweet and what a father should always be. He represented all the craziness about losing a kid and thinking that aliens took his daughter. But between mother and father is a very clear and wrenching difference: one tried to move on and the other tried to still find Kyra after all those years. The "old" Austin is what you could call a jerk, but you also have to put in his situation. He thought, like Kyra's mom, that she was dead, so, eventually, he moved on. Despite this rational behavior, what he did wrong was how he handled his visit to Kyra. And, on the other side, we have sexy, sweet and adorable Tyler. He's a sexy nerd, who like books and leaves pretty amazing and unbelievable gifts every morning to Kyra. How can you not fall for a guy like this? He's definitely in my Fictional Boy List. And how he handles all the situation of "I-am-still-sixteen" throughout the whole story is pretty amazing and that makes him have a bonus for perfect fictional boy. "I don't have time to argue," I shot back. "But you can't go with me. Stay here and tell them this was all some sort of mix-up. That you didn't know anything about me and what I am." I dropped the curtain, ignoring the dust that puffed up when I did. Tyler grabbed my arm and forced me to face him. "Kyra, stop being so stubborn." When I opened my mouth to argue, he cut me off. "No. I mean it. You're being stupid again, and this time not the good kind. You're out of your mind if you think I'm not going with you." Back to the plot, it all starts with Kyra's story, her life before the taking and after. There's a culminating point the story where everything gets out of control and the main characters find themselves running for their lives. It's the best part of the book and where the whole action happens and what science fiction and X files fans would definitely love. Before reading the book I didn't understand the cover, but now I do, Book Addicts, and it's pretty amazing what the artist did. I am just saying: fireflies. The ending broke my heart and made me cry. It was kind of torture and at the same time I had to congratulate the author, because it wouldn't be the same without that heartfelt scene. It is what I like to call a wrenching, unexpected and emotional ending that leaves the reader with the need of more. And I definitely want more! After enjoying so much this new work of Kimberly, I am an unofficial fan of The Taking series and cannot wait to read what happened with the characters. I couldn't expect less of this wonderful writer and Ms. Derting wrote, once more, an unforgettable alienated story that would captivate you from the first page until the end. That's why I am giving five gorjuss dolls to this book and highly recommending it to you all, Book Addicts, because I am sure you are going to love more
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